Mom Hit With Fees After Refusing Deal In Cruise Death Case

Law360 (June 7, 2019, 11:00 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday admonished a mother who sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. over her teenage daughter's salmonella death and then turned down a $500,000 settlement offer, ordering her to pay the cruise line's attorney fees as a result of her bad behavior in court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman said Marla Martins had "consistently evinced a lack of respect for the court and a heedlessness of the consequences of her actions" as she represented herself in the suit blaming Royal Caribbean for the death of her 17-year-old daughter, Briana Martins, after she ingested salmonella-tainted food on a cruise....

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